Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Just A Second 2013 - 1 Second Everyday

If you are looking for some inspiration for documenting your life, check out this awesome video on YouTube.  I don't think I could keep up with the video thing, but it gives me lots of ideas for what I want to do with my scrapbooks.

Hopefully, you are keeping warm during this polar vortex.  Have a great day!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Take a Picture, It Lasts Longer

Today's layout has pictures from a road trip I took with my children, following a family reunion at the Oregon coast a few years ago.  I love these pictures because they show the special bond that my kids have.  They enjoy each other and almost always get along!  Weird, I know! 

This road trip was fun because we were stopping at every lighthouse that we could find.  In doing this layout, I realized that I must scrap more of this trip.  We just had so much fun!  This page was made using mostly Studio Calico kits.

Do you have some old pictures that move you?  Scrap them and give them a home in your family album.  When my daughter saw this layout, she started talking about the things that she remembered from that trip, things that I didn't even remember!

Happy Monday!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Epiphanie Bags

If you own a digital SLR camera, you are familiar with the fine line between a functional and fashionable camera bag.  Last year, I purchased an awesome camera bag that had great pockets for everything and fit everything that I wanted to bring with me.  I was pretty, but it was the shape of a camera bag and it was big!  I found myself leaving the bag in the car so I wouldn't have to lug it around.  Not a great everyday bag.

I was on a quest for the perfect bag.  I wanted a fashionable, comfortable, roomy, colorful, and affordable bag.  That's all!  Well, after much searching and reading reviews, I came across Epiphanie Bags.  I was in LOVE!  After about an hour of debating, couponing, and consulting my photog friends, I picked the Lola in mustard yellow.  I have to sacrifice the granola bars and three different hand lotions in my old bag, but everything from my old bag fits in my new one!  Here's what my new bag looks like...

The price was right, too.  After the coupon (that was deducted twice for some reason- lucky me), my new bag was $125.  Not bad!  So far, I love this bag! 


Friday, January 3, 2014

Sweet Girl

Happy New Year!  I am excited to be starting a new year with new goals that I will share in a later post.

I have been wanting to share this layout since I completed it in November, but I got busy and it got tucked away.  I was inspired to do this layout in a most horrible fashion.  In mid-October, I discovered that the two sets of backup discs that I made of my 2005 photos were blank!  2005 was the year the my daughter was 2 years old and it was also when she started preschool.  I was just sick about the fact that a lot of her special moments were gone.  Long story short, I paid $500 to send my corrupted old hard drive to a level 2 data recovery company.  My files were recovered, thankfully, but during the month of waiting I came across what I thought was the only photo of my daughter from that year.  It had been on the refrigerator since 2005 and I knew I had to preserve it now, more than ever, because this may be it.  It took me a few days to figure out what I wanted to do with it, but in the end, I just wanted to convey the love and admiration I have for my Sweet Girl.

This layout was made from mostly Studio Calico kits/products.  I am very happy about how it came together.  Usually, I am pretty methodical when it comes to adding ink to my layouts, but let go this time and it turned out better than what I envisioned.

I am working on clustering more elements on my layouts, too.  I am a major hoarder when it comes it my supplies.  I don't want to "waste" any of it!  But I am learning to let that waste-not mind-set go for a more creative spirit. 
My favorite part of this photo is her hands!  I remember how she used to hold her hands out like this when she was concentrating or being careful.  Anyway, I am thankful to the teacher for capturing this candid moment of my daughter's life.
Hope you enjoyed my layout and have a great weekend!  Stay warm!